Training Police to Use Their Bodies – Those Who Can’t Fight, Kill

As the nation becomes more aware of all of the pepper-spraying, tasering and shooting that police compulsively turn to, often resulting in death or serious injury, many are beginning to wonder why cops can’t fight or otherwise physically deal with dangerous situations.

There was a time, it seemed, when police were willing to put their bodies on the line to keep the public safe. Those days, it seems, are gone. Now when we see police using fists and feet, it is often only to brutalize, usually in groups, rather than to prevent further violence.

Perhaps if our law enforcement were trained to use their bodies to escape, disarm, de-escalate and if necessary- kick some ass; they wouldn’t be shooting and killing as often as they are. Weapons should not be a first line of defense, but only a back-up when all other options have failed. Since there is not any specific training for officers to fight or practice physical prowess, it is little wonder they shoot first and makes justifications for it later.

It is not just police critics asking this question. Many police advocacy groups, like, are also suggesting that law enforcement officers participate in combat training to protect themselves and open up options for dealing with potentially dangerous situations. From their website:

“The martial arts don’t work on the streets.” I’ve heard this statement by many nationally-recognized defensive tactics trainers throughout my career. I have always found two things quite ironic each time the statement has been made. First, many trainers making such a statement had never worked the streets, and second, every empty-hand technique they taught could be found somewhere in the martial arts.

You can find similar suggestions and sentiments HERE and HERE and HERE among many other places around the internet.

There remain many other benefits to be learned by police by partaking in martial arts training. Here are a few:

  • Martial arts teach calmness and patience, allowing officers to calmly assess situations, rather than jumping the gun (literally).
  • Martial arts have been shown to relieve stress, combating one of the most detrimental aspects of law enforcement work.
  • Physical fitness, which the training provides, means officers who are healthier, and thus more likely to maintain positive moods and sharper perception.
  • A great amount of discipline is required in combat training, which is something many officers seem to be failing in.
  • Martial arts come with an entire philosophical worldview which could improve the outlook of cops regarding individuals and their community. Non-aggression is the basic principle of most fighting disciplines

Besides martial arts and fighting skills, there remain other training options that could give police an advantage when it comes to strength, speed, mobility and agility. Foremost amongst those, and one you do not hear recommended much, is parkour. According to Wikipedia:

Parkour (French pronunciation: ​[paʁkuʁ]) is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe. Parkour can include obstacle courses, running, climbing, swinging, mantling, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and other, similar movements depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation. Parkour’s development from military training gives it some aspects of a non-combative martial art.

Here is an example of parkour in action, for those who have never witnessed this entrancing form of human athleticism.

How cool is that? Doesn’t it seem like police would appear far more like the gallant warriors they make themselves out to be, if they were able to act and move like action heroes, rather than just aiming a weapon at anything that moves?

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The deadly force that comes from weapons usage is partially a consequence of limited options. Police who are only trained to spray, tase or shoot have little choice in how they deal with dangerous situations. And as a result of this over-reliance on guns, etc they do not have the confidence necessary to interact with civilians in ways that de-escalate or disarm situations before deadly force should ever be considered.

Perhaps of our police were spending more time in the dojo, gym or otherwise physically training to be badasses; they would be far less likely not just to kill people, but to interact with them with limited options. Limited options, in and of themselves, are almost always a recipe for disaster.


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  • mobooz

    Ninja cops? Dude, seriously. If you were fifteen years old this would make sense, but you’re almost fucking 40.

  • WD!

    How could anyone, whatever age, have any kind of problem with ninja cops?

  • Taylor Costello

    Oh cops can fight. As long as you’re in handcuffs.

  • JC

    Another paranoid idiotic article. Do you really believe the BS you wrote?I suggest you educate yourself before you write anything.

  • mobooz

    LOL :P

    It’s not so much the ninja cops, per se, it’s mostly the fact that we aren’t living in a sci-fi anime. I’m just a little skeptical of how nunchucks and backflips would really help anybody against an armed criminal. Maybe Josh would be so kind as to show us how that works out in real life?

  • t

    How old are you? You must just a young kid.
    Pepper spray:mace/tasers….all were demented as tools to keep the police from hitting or punching people.

    And now you think we should start punching people again?

    Ok…,you first

  • mobooz

    He’s 39, but his brain ages in inverse-dog-years. Once he gets his black belt, he can finally change his name to Jean-Claude Van Dumb. :D

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  • WD!

    i didn’t read the whole thing so I didn’t see nunchucks but I do think cops should be able to detain an unarmed person without putting a bunch of holes in them, and I still firmly believe that ninja cops is absolutely the direction we should be headed in.

  • mobooz

    Didn’t read the whole article? DIDN’T READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE?!

    Then you’re a whole lot smarter than I am. I honestly feel dumber every time I read one of Josh’s articles.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Josh, what are you on while writing your drivel (albeit funny drivel) and how do I obtain some?

  • WD!

    You must have read them all several times ;)

  • mobooz

    It’s a vicious cycle. ;)

  • t

    His is truly infantile think. M

  • mobooz

    LOL, gettin’ yer drink on, I see. :)

  • Difdi

    The thought that went through my head, watching that video, about that scene with the bucket: “Oh you HOPE that’s water”

  • Concerned Theorist

    Why would they need to learn combat street fighting techniques when all they have to do is pull out their service weapon, shoot you dead, claimed you were a threat, and then get a paid vacation and a notch in their belt for their Satanic blood sacrifice to the Masonic Fraternal order of Police, who will then hold that killer in high regard considering Masons are Satanists.

  • Rance Rasting

    The profession of law enforcement attracts the kind of people predominantly that have deep inferiority complexes. These people are normally posers and need that quick fix Bandai on their deep emotional wounds and are not willing to do the work and put in the time it takes in a dojo to learn effective martial arts to the point that it fixes their mental illness. They rely on the superiority of the job to give them personal satisfaction and the ego boost they need daily to feel like normal healthy and confident tax slaves. The person this article talks about like cops as super hero’s, Well, that would take extensive psychological profiling and screening during the hiring process along with, extensive training in physical training and educational training of about 5 years to be an effective and constitutional police officer. Most state councils on LE education require a minimum of 480 clock hours. That’s the ACADEMY. Oklahoma just lowered the educational standards for their state police to associates from bachelors degree requirements as well as the minimum age requirement. This policy filters down from the unions and is a small part of the bigger picture to enslave the population of this nation and the world to tyrants that use immaturity, low education and emotional illness as mind control for their minion enforcers.

  • WD!

    Ninja Cops!!